Brindisi Airport - Coast of Otranto

Brindisi Airport - Coast of Otranto

Apulia
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186.4 Km

The journey from Brindisi to Otranto, the city of martyrs, takes a couple of hours through beautiful scenic countryside. It crosses the area known as "Grecìa salentina", with its ancient Greek traditions, and visitors may choose to stop at Galatina, known for its characteristic stone doorways. On the way look out for the characteristic fortified farmhouses - called "masserie" - many of which have recently been restored to their former glory. The coast of Otranto is 25 km long and features some truly magnificent sandy and rocky beaches, a dream destination for sea and sun lovers and a delight for toursists approaching from the sea.

 

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Brindisi-Casale Airport

Brindisi

Brindisi-Casale Airport

The city of Brindisi, with its port and airport, is the gateway to a vast area of the region of Puglia and the Salento peninsula.

Brindisi-Papola Casale Airport, aka Salento Airport, is an airport serving Brindisi and the Salento area and is located at about 6km from the town centre and at about 35km from Lecce.

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Lecce: Historic Center (EXPO AND REGIONS)

Lecce

Lecce: Historic Center (EXPO AND REGIONS)

Lecce is a Baroque city, and it shows: its architecture is rich and exuberant, a legacy bequeathed from the creativity of Lecce's master stonecutters, who used Lecce stone, a type of limestone known locally as the "poor man's marble". The artistic and architectonic heritage of this city are vast, and decorate its palazzi, churches and streets to make for an authentic, joyful, open-air cultural experience.

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143.6 Km

96.9 Km

Coast of Otranto

Otranto

Coast of Otranto

The town of Otranto has a 25 km long coastline featuring long stretches of sandy beaches and rocky ridges dropping into the sea, which make it the preferred destination for holidaymakers from the interior and approaching from the sea. The point called Capo d'Otranto, Punta Palascìa, is the easternmost point in Italy and conventionally separates the Adriatic and Ionian seas. Nearby towns are Melendugno and Carpignano Salentino, Palmariggi and Santa Cesarea Terme, a very popular beach resort in summer. A part of Otranto is included in the Park of Costa Otranto - Santa Maria di Leuca and Tricase Forest, rich in architectural remains, flora and fauna. The most important town on the coastline is, of course, Otranto, which preserves intact traces and remains, both civil and religious, of the various peoples and civilisations that once inhabited this part of Puglia. The town centre is built around the imposing castle and Norman cathedral, with its crypts and rock churches, mosaics and frescoes, which attract a large number of cultural and religious tourists.

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